Date and place of birth :       9 May 1950 in Riga, Latvia


Address:                    Institute of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy / Physics Department

University of Latvia

Raina Blvd. 19

Riga, LV-1586


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Education                   Degree                       Discipline                                           Year received

Univ. of Latvia            M. Sc.                         Physics                                                           1973

Univ. of Latvia            Ph. D.                         Optics                                                             1979

Univ. of Latvia            Dr. Habil. Phys.         Technical Physics                                         1993

Univ. of Latvia            Professor                   Applied Optics and   Optoelectronics         1995  

Univ. of Latvia            State Professor         Laser Physics and Spectroscopy               1998



Ph. D. thesis (1979):                         Study of the sensitised fluorescence of metal vapour

                                                                        mixtures at pulsed excitation.

Dr. Habil. Phys. Thesis (1993):                   Optoelectronic methods and devices for

experimental research, technological control

and information transfer.






            J. Spigulis graduated from the University of Latvia in 1973. As a graduate student, he joined Laboratory of Spectroscopy of UL to study kinetics of the optical excitation energy transfer in metal vapour mixtures. The results of this work have been represented at his Ph. D. thesis (Riga, 1979). Later in 1980 - 1985 he dealt with ion mass analysis in laser excited atomic beams as well as with infrared emitter-receiver systems and pulsed optical radiation detection and calibration techniques. SInce 1986 his research activities are focused to fiberoptics, optoelectronics and biomedical optics; he established and leads the Fibre-optics and Bio-optics Laboratory at Institute of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy, University of Latvia. His recent work has been related to design and investigation of optical fibre sensors, communication devices, medical lightguide systems and new types of the side-glowing optical fibres, as well as to development of novel optical methods for nonivasive clinical diagnostics.

            Since 1973 J. Spigulis has been a staff researcher at University of Latvia in positions of Junior Research Associate (1973-1980), Senior Research Associate (1980-1986), Leading Scientist (1986-1994) and Professor. Since 2004 he is director of Institute of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy. Dr. Spigulis has developed lecture courses "Lightguide Physics", "Optoelectronics", “Laser Physics” and “Earth Physics” for BSc. students, as well as "Fundamentals of Biomedical Optics" and "Medical Lightguides" for MSc. students. In 1995 he launched the MSc programme on Biomedical Optics at University of Latvia and actively co-ordinated this programme over the following years.

            J. Spigulis has authored over 100 published papers and a book on fiberoptics for students; he holds 11 patents. The research results have been presented at numerous international conferences and seminars in Latvia, Russia, USA, Canada, Mexico, UK, Sweden, Finland, France and other countries. In 1995 J. Spigulis was involved in a 6-month medical fiberoptics research project at King's College London, UK. Other international activities include participation in the EU TEMPUS project on Medical Engineering and Physics education in the Baltic states, the TEMPERE project on a similar topic with University of Patras, Greece, two LEONARDO DA VINCI projects – on vocational training with Vilnius University and on clinical research course with Austrian colleagues, and two VISBY projects with Swedish universities (Lund and Linkoping), as well as Latvian-American research collaboration project on functional diagnostics with Columbia University, and others. He has been invited as keynote lecturer, committee member or session chairman at several international conferences, and was actively involved in organisation of conferences ADVANCED OPTICAL MATERIALS AND DEVICES in Riga, 1996, Vilnius, 2000, Riga, 2002, Tartu, 2004, Vilnius, 2006. J. Spigulis chaired the AOMD-6 conference in Riga, August 2008, and co-chaired the 14th Nordic-Baltic Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics (Riga, June 2008). He has seved as invited expert-evaluator of the EU 5TH and 6TH Framework Programme projects.

J. Spigulis was the founder and co-chairman of the Baltic Chapter of SPIE – the International Society for Optical Engineering, a member of SPIE, Optical Society of America (OSA), Latvian Union of Scientists, Latvian Physical Society and Latvian Society of Medical Engineering and Physics. He is presiding Latvian regional committee of ICO – International Commission for Optics, and the Latvian local section of OSA. In 2007 J. Spigulis became a corresponding member of Latvian Academy of Sciences.